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Heterogeneity in the development of antisocial behaviour


Department of Psychology

About the Project

Antisocial behaviour is a very wide-ranging term including fighting, stealing temper tantrums and callousness among many other things. It may not make sense to consider these behaviours as a single construct but to identify meaningful subsets that may different causes, outcomes and respond well to different treatments. Many different classification schemes have been put forward in the past, based for example on the form of behaviour (e.g., involving physical aggression or not) or the age of onset. Projects can investigate the effectiveness of different classification schemes in a range of existing large-scale datasets, including those suitable for behavioural genetic analyses. This project would be particularly suited to someone wishing to develop skills in advanced quantitative methodologies.

Initial reading:

Moffitt, T. E., Arseneault, L., Jaffee, S. R., Kim-Cohen, J., Koenen, K. C., Odgers, C. L., . . . Viding, E. (2008). Research Review: DSM-V conduct disorder: research needs for an evidence base. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(1), 3-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01823.

Rowe, R. (2014). Commentary: Integrating callous and unemotional traits into the definition of antisocial behaviour a commentary on Frick et al. (2014). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(6), 549-552. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12253

Funding Notes

Self funded or sponsored students only. No University funding available.

NB The University has some tuition fee scholarship under competition - application deadline is 23 January 2019 at 5pm

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